A user on the Mazdas247.com forum reportedly got wind of unofficial information from several sources concerning the next rotary engine Mazda, which he dubbed RX-9.
Smaller and lighter than the current RX-8, the two-door model will reportedly be built on the same platform as the new-generation MX-5 and generate heaps of torque. According to his sources, it would likely be introduced as a 2015 model.
Although Mazda puts great store in the SKYACTIV technologies, apparently the Japanese automaker is attempting to develop its own high-performance hybrid powertrain, which would feature three modes, electric, gas and hybrid.
The author of the post believes this can be easily accomplished, as a rotary engine is compact, contains less moving parts and has excellent power-producing potential.
Based on the information gathered, he says the arrival of the model would herald the demise of the RX-8.
Thank you for the tip Bill!
Source : Mazdas247